It is always an honor to be featured in the Yogi Times and this is my most recent article “The Growth of a Yoga Teacher.” Take a breath, and downward to dog over to continue reading about the lessons I have learned through the beauty and movement in growing as a teacher. (Click here to continue.)
I have a good friend that always rolls her eyes at me when she asks me “How are you?”
I always respond, “Good. Just going with the flow.”
However, there are many times when the flow is more like swimming against a very strong current. It is in those times I attempt to recognize that I need to take a step back and evaluate what is and not working in my life.
I truly believe that sometimes we need to let go of things to create space for new fresh and positive experiences. It is when we begin to make that space that more good is welcomed into our lives.
The best way to gauge if you are beginning to swim against the current or moving forward down the stream with all of your ducks in a row. Is by closing your eyes taking a few breaths, finding a place of neutral, in your mind, then think of one word that would best describe your situation is it love? Money? Success? Abundance?
Now from your place of neutral imagine simply floating which direction are you beginning to move do you need a flotation device to keep you a float or are you floating with ease down the lazy river.
It is a reflective way to check in with yourself to see how you can streamline your goals, desires, and dreams to move in one positive direction working together. If we can begin to recognize our alignment from that neutral position then we can act quicker in streamlining it when we begin to fight the current.
The more negativity we hold onto the harder it is to stay a float moving in one direction. If we can find a way to release that mind-set by learning to maintain a neutrality towards our goals we are more apt to achieve them with a combination of effort and joy.
It has taken me a few years to realize that my eating habits are connected to my emotions. If things are not going well for me it is usually written all over my waistline. On those days when I need a little extra sweetness to conquer the stress I go straight for the container of Ben and Jerry’s.
Rest assured that Ben and Jerry’s is not a good companion for a lady who is already lactose intolerant!
But over the year I have recognized that when I am beginning to crave something that disagrees with me not to ignore it but to substitute it with something better.
My better is the Sweetest Smoothie! A refreshing chocolate bar in glass that is a nutritious beverage for post recovery after your daily yoga practice or tough workout in the gym. It will satisfy your sweet tooth in an instant and fill you full of delightful goodness.
Give it a sip and let me know what you think! Did it hit your sweet spot?
A little love goes a long way and the best gift you give to yourself is to take simple steps to nourish your mind, body, and spirit. The more you begin to make time to replenish your spirit the more you begin to build the confidence and self-esteem to tap into your fullest potential.
I understand it’s hard to make time for yourself each day when you wear so many hats from the parental duties, the work that comes home with you, on top of that you are probably the chef, and cleaner. It is at the end of the night that you can be exhausted from the grocery duties, people pleasing, and in the end not enough time for you.
What if you created a list of ten simple things that you could do in a week to nourish your soul and rejuvenate your spirit? It doesn’t have to be something as luxurious as a day at the spa but just simple and affordable ways that will make your week better.
My list is simple:
It is when you begin to nourish the core that is you that you feel more inspired to conquer your day, make better choices towards your health, and have that necessary stress release throughout your busy week. It’s the little things that can brighten the day and you deserve to enjoy those small special moments just for you.
What would your list look like?